INQ Mobile to launch Twitter phone

Cell phone maker INQ Mobile plans to introduce a Twitter phone in time for the Christmas sales season, hoping to benefit from surging interest in the micro-blogging service, INQ's head told Reuters on Tuesday.

The model would be the first mass-market phone -- costing operators less than $140 -- with an Internet-based Twitter client, said Frank Meehan, chief executive of INQ.

Meehan said in an interview the phone will use Internet connections for sending the 140-character messages, called Tweets, not text messages as in Twitter's own service.

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